Brouwerij de 7 Deugden
New to the city in 2011 is Brouwerij de 7 Deugden, located just west of Vondelpark and named after Catholicism's seven virtues – as such, the labels carry various proverbs on them, and there are exactly seven house beers, plus seasonals. (And similar to Brouwerij de Prael, there's a social function at play here, with many mentally and physically disadvantaged people on staff.) No background in theology is needed, of course, to sample the highlights on tap, which include Arm + Zalig (5% ABV), a caramelly amber ale with smoked malt and juniper berries, and Scheepsrecht (7% ABV), a Belgian-style tripel with notes of clove. Visit the brewery for a few drinks or make an afternoon of it: Fifty- and 75-minute tours with tastings are on offer, as well as beer and cheese pairings ($32 per person; 3 hours, includes tour).